Apr 14 AT 2:20 PM Taylor Wimberly 28 Comments

Verizon Motorola Devour review


The Devour is Motorola’s second Android smartphone for Verizon and the carrier’s first to feature Motoblur. What improvements has Motorola made since they launched the Droid last year? The uninformed consumer might think the Devour is a better phone since it is newer, but they are in for a big surprise.


Form factor: The Devour features a similar form factor to the Droid with a few minor tweaks. Weighing in at 5.89 oz, the Devour is one of the heaviest Android phones to date. It is also one of the bulkiest Android phones measuring 61.0 x 115.5 x 15.4 mm.

Texting fans will enjoy the four-row slide out QWERTY keyboard. Each key is now raised up, as opposed to the flat keyboard of the Droid. This provides more feedback when typing, but it results in smaller keys. I found the Devour keyboard too cramped for my taste and I actually prefer the Droid’s.

Located on the front of the phone are three capacitive touch buttons for Back, Home, and Menu. Mysteriously missing is a search button, which is heavily used on Android phones. The Devour also features a touch pad on the front of the phone which doubles as a clickable button. The remaining buttons on the side of the phone include volume control, camera, screen lock, and voice command.

The Devour charges via a micro USB port and includes a 3.5 mm jack for your favorite pair of headphones.

Styling: My favorite part about the Devour is its overall looks. The front of the phone is covered by an aluminum finish and it feels very nice in the hand. Bright blue accents around the speaker, camera, and battery door are nice additions to the black and silver colors used on the phone.


Motorola claims the Devour features “one of the most enhanced processors of any smart phone”, but that is kind of misleading when you compare it with the current high-end Android phones. Powering the Devour is the 600 MHz Qualcomm MSM7627 processor. This CPU is based on the ARM11 family which is the same as what was used in all first generation Android phones.

More powerful phones like the Droid or Nexus One now include ARM Cortex-A8 based processors, which are the successor to the ARM11 family. In Motorola’s own words, the Cortex-A8 processors offer twice the speed of the leading competitor (ARM11).

The main benefit of the Qualcomm MSM7627 used in the Devour is its 200 MHz dedicated graphics processor. We thought this might allow the Devour to play some of the more advanced games designed for the Droid and Nexus One, but this was not the case. I tried loading Raging Thunder 2 and the framerate was unplayable. Other games designed to run on first gen phones (like Homerun Battle 3D) performed flawlessly.

On the memory side, the Devour features a 512 MB flash ROM and 256 MB of RAM. These are the same specs as found in the Droid and other recent Motorola Android phones.

The screen used in the Devour is a 3.1 inch HVGA (320 x 480 pixels) capacitive touch display. I had a better experience with the touch screen than the Motorola CLIQ, but I still had the occasional missed touch. Motorola routinely offers software updates to improve the performance of the touch screen and I expect that will be the case with the Devour.

For a complete rundown of all the tech specs, visit the official Motorola site.


OS: Even though the Devour is a new Android phone, it ships with the Android 1.6 firmware that was released in the middle of last year. This is an improvement over other entry-level Motorola phones which feature Android 1.5, but we would have like to seen Android 2.1 used (like the Droid).

Motorola just released their latest timeline for Android 2.1 upgrades and the Devour is listed as “under evaluation”. This means customers could be waiting until Q3 or later before they eventually receive Android 2.1.

Bundled Apps: The Devour includes the standard Verizon apps like V-Cast Music and Videos which allow the user to download ringtones and movies for a fee. Verizon also included their VZ Navigator which we tested and found it was horrible. Thankfully users can access the built in Google Maps Navigation which provides the best GPS navigation service I have used.

The one notable bundled app is the new Motorola Phone Portal. This allows users to easily connect their phone to their PC over WiFi or USB. See the video review below for a quick overview.

As with other recent Android phones, many of the bundled apps can not be easily uninstalled. Android phones are notorious for their limited internal storage space for apps, so it is disappointing to have someone else dictate how that gets used. At least Verizon limits the number of bundled apps as opposed to AT&T which includes their full suite of bloatware.


The Devour includes a 3 megapixel camera without flash or auto focus. Taking still photos with the Devour produced average results. Because the Devour has a fixed focal length lens, users may experience issues when attempting to scan barcodes.

Sample pictures:




Sample video: The Devour captures video at 23 fps with 480×360 resolution.

Full Video Review

Check out our previous post for the Devour unboxing video.


The Devour is a nice Android phone, but I have to question the timing of its release. Verizon launched it several months after the Motorola Droid, which is a clearly superior phone. If you purchase from a Verizon Wireless store, the Devour is priced at $149 with 2 yr contract vs $199 for the Droid.

One might save a little money up front, but the vast majority of the total cost of ownership comes from the calling plan and required $29.99 data add-on. If you look around online (or visit your local Best Buy), chances are you can find the Droid at the same price or cheaper.

If you wish to purchase a Motorola Android phone on Verizon, I suggest getting the Droid.

The Droid offers the following advantages over the Devour:

  • Android 2.1 (vs Android 1.6)
  • Stock Android (vs Motoblur)
  • 3.7 inch display (vs 3.1 inch)
  • Faster TI OMAP3430 processor (vs Qualcomm MSM7627)
  • 5 megapixel camera with flash (vs 3 MP)
  • 16 GB microSD card (vs 8 GB)

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  • http://Website mike

    format is great. could really use a comparison at the end with similar devices (with keyboard) and on diff networks.

    otherwise, thorough and helpful review

  • Bulgaro

    I agree with Mike format is great very detail, easy to follow. Some reviews always leave me wanting more, this was not the case.with this one. Looking forward to future reviews, keep up the great job!!

  • http://submersibledirigible.tumblr.com sean

    Video review is set to private on youtube, guys. Might want to turn that flag off.

    • http://Website jenna

      Remember d’ Megan fox commercial huh?.. Me? I think its already fair, seeing moto devour landing on sub-100 eventhough the specs aren’t that quite of a bragger. Just a little bit retouch on the bezel part and it’ll be good. Newest Updates on the devour

  • http://lovetotext.wordpress.com/ LoveToText

    This is so true. After there release of the Mot Droid they should have come up with a better phone. Better camera, better keyboard. I mean all that space for the keyboard but they put a 4 row keyboard. They left so much space for “blank”. I would also suggest to get the Droid rather than this phone.

  • http://Website JackKnifeZero

    Not interested in the phone but I love the format of the review. Easy on the eyes and easier to sift through for the information that I care about. Plus, I love all the pictures. You should definitely keep this format for future reviews.

  • Matt R

    I personally think this phone is really ugly. Like REALLY ugly, not to mention bulky.

    Good review though, and I’m glad that you recommend the Droid over this, as it’s clearly the better phone. For people who read this site (primarily Android-, tech-, or gadget-lovers) this phone probably isn’t even a consideration with the Droid available. I do believe that there is a place for this phone with other lower-end consumer smartphones.

  • http://Website sean

    Review format was excellent by the way. I really love all the high quality multimedia, the three separate sections, and the helpful conclusion.

    I would like to see more direct visual comparisons to the standard-bearer phones on the market (iphone, droid, hero). I realize this would be pretty expensive and difficult to implement, so it may not a completely reasonable request.

  • http://Website Todd

    Giant orange “Buy now” button displayed before I even get a change to read review is “pushy”, “offensive”, “hostile to the reader” and “presumptuous”…

    Need more adjectives?

    • Matt R

      I honestly didn’t even notice it, my eyes skipped right past it. After reading your comment I had to go back to the top just to see what you were talking about.

      So I’m going to have to disagree and say that it’s not pushy, offensive, hostile, or presumptuous.

      That being said, it doesn’t really need to be at the beginning at the review, maybe put it at the end…chances are I’m not going to buy the phone before I read the review.

    • http://www.google.com/profiles/anakin78z anakin78z

      Heh, they should’ve put a Buy Droid button at the bottom of the review ;-).

      Seriously though, offensive? If you’re that easily offended, you might want to pull back on the whole ‘going on the internet’ thing.

    • http://Website Bulgaro

      Really?!?! What about the review or do shinny orange buttons always distract you?

    • http://Website Jay

      Ha ha, I noticed the big buy now button right away, almost clicked it right away but that might be because I am easily persuaded to buy gadgets. I say leave it at the top, I probably wouldn’t have noticed it at the bottom and had I not known the site sells phones, I would have then.

  • http://Website mike coffee

    The at the start of each sections look funny, like they aren’t the right size,
    I would prefer more info before diving into the reveiw, abit of history abit more story, a bit more build up.
    I like the idea from app reviews of good points and bad points.
    Sorry to sound critical you did ask!

  • http://frostygoodness.com Frosty Goodness

    I like it. Clear section headers, great photography (missing from so many reviews).

    That phone w=however, I do not like. I saw it in the store the other day. Talk about brick. You could seriously maim someone with that thing. Also, I find any manufacturer shipping a phone on less that 2.x to be irresponsible.

  • http://Website russ

    Zzzzzzz, review the incredible!

  • http://Website geekosphere101

    I’m a fan of the review layout and content. I like the photos of the phone, I would like more from the phone’s camera, particularly low light, high contrast, etc.

    I think it’s also important to include more discussion on the speed of the phone, not so much the specs, but how they affect the android experience, etc. The few sentences about games were not enough for me. I would prefer more on how the hardware affects the phone. I do like the comparisons between phones.

    Full Video Review is set to private :)

    Definitely a good structure, not too long, easy to navigate, but detail where it counts.

  • http://Website Jonathan Mallett

    Format is great just a slight annoyance with the introduction giving too much away.

    “The uninformed consumer might think the Devour is a better phone since it is newer, but they are in for a big surprise.”

    I would have done it as a question that way the reader has to read on for full confirmation of the comparison. Something like:

    “The uninformed consumer might think the Devour is a better phone since it is newer. Could they be in for a big surprise? Read on to find out”

    So this puts a little bit of doubt in their heads but its not a full blown confirmation that the Droid is the better device. That’s my opinion anywho :). Format is great just wording maybe.

  • http://Website Brian Douglas Hayes

    The lady and I stopped at a Verizon store over the weekend to check out the Droid (she’s eligible for an upgrade next month).

    We looked at the Devour, to which she said: “So this is Verizon’s Sidekick?”

    I had to agree. The Devour is chunky, heavy, and just all-around awkward. And even if you get over the looks, the insides aren’t impressive either. Outdated components, and an outdated OS version.

    At least the keyboard is better than the Droid, if for nothing else but the row of numbers at the top. I guess if a physical keyboard is an absolute requirement, it’s one option. But overall, the Devour almost makes my G1 look sleek.

    • http://zalzalaweb.com/jens anakin78z

      Lol, totally had the same reaction when I saw it at Best Buy.
      It’s destined to be overlooked.

  • http://Website Jay

    I liked the review and the format. Only suggestion I have is have a picture of the front of the phone (or from different angles) where you are discussing “Build”-I found myself scrolling up then back down, then up, then trying to get an image of the front and the buttons you are describing in the same screen as the text about them just so I could better picture what you were describing.

  • http://androidcommunity.com djunio

    Nice review ;-)

  • http://Website djunio

    I noticed that too.

  • http://androidandme.com Taylor Wimberly

    True it does have Flash Lite, but it will not support Flash 10.1 because it has an ARM11 based CPU.

  • jjl84

    When I saw this at Best Buy next to the Droid (both for $149) I could only think that this phone was designed to sell more Droids. I have no idea why anyone would purchase this over the Droid. Do they think Motoblur is worth that much? I personally can’t stand it.

  • http://Website Danno

    I’m sorry, but this is the UGLIEST Android phone out there.
    Haven’t liked it since I first saw the leaked picks. The droid is a much more superior phone in every respect. For that matter I think the G1 would give it a run for the money in the looks department and that phone is a dinosaur.

    Funny how Verizon hardly even advertises this phone, and yet the droid still gets the nod.

    Good luck V customers.

  • http://www.biggu.com Alexander Muse

    Many of you have noted that ShopSavvy doesn’t work on the Devour. We have a fix in the works, but we need to some help to test/tweak it before we launch it in ShopSavvy. We built a ‘test app’ that ONLY has the scanning function. We want to find a few Devour owners that want ShopSavvy to work on their Devour to test this ‘test app’ just enter this URL into your Devour’s browser: http://bit.ly/scannersdk-android and install it. Try to scan a few barcodes (try books, DVDs) and let us know if it works. Works means it – turns green and beeps. We will be logging each scan on our servers. If enough of you try it and let us know that it works we will launch it in ShopSavvy. If it doesn’t work and you tell us what is happening we can tweak it and send it back out to test afterward.

    So what do you say? Can you help us test our new scanning technology for blurry cameras on the Verizon Devour? We hope you will. Regards, Alexander Muse, Co-Founder of ShopSavvy